Ute Water bill in trouble

By Jack King The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press release Thursday, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he also would not support the bill as […]

Hospital board does expansion planning

By Kevin Wilson The Roosevelt County hospital board talked about the medical center’s expansion for right now and in the years ahead during Thursday’s regular meeting. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino told the board members that work was on schedule for the medical office building, which will be located in the northeast area of […]

GeoCaching part of Heritage Days fun

By Tony Parra The intrigue of Heritage Days are attracting people from across the United States to Portales with events such as GeoCaching, the Portales High All-Class Reunion, the Pioneer Reception and the Rough Rider Relay Challenge. GeoCaching is catching on across the United States, according to Doug Lynch, the GeoCaching coordinator for Heritage Days. […]

Langston leaves his mark

By Tony Parra Dewey Langston devoted his time to helping organizations in Portales and his marks are all over Eastern New Mexico University. He enrolled at Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1939. Langston’s past began much the same way Harold Knox, another Pioneer of the Year Award candidate, began. He attended Eastern New Mexico […]

Millers both nominated for award

By Tony Parra W.F. and Bettie Miller have been a staple in the community and they have been chosen as Pioneer of the Year award candidates. The award will be given at 5 p.m. tonight at the Memorial Building to headline the start of Heritage Days. Bettie said combined, the two have lived in Portales […]

June 18 Obituaries

Henry Forrer, 72 Mr. Henry Forrer, 72, of Lubbock, formerly of Dora, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Bender Terrace Nursing Home in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 19, 1931, in Bryan, Texas, to Dollie and Jeff Forrer. He grew up in the area of Bryan, Texas. He first came to eastern New Mexico […]

Portales byciclists ride to Muleshoe

By David Arkin For Robert Lepard, it all started with bad knees. The Muleshoe dentist of 19 years, who will take part in Saturday’s Tour of Muleshoe, simply couldn’t take the pain the constant pounding on the pavement was causing his knees. He had been running for years and lettered in track at Texas Tech […]

Officials support voluntary drug testing

By David Arkin Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be sent to […]

Wilhoit announces floodplain certification

By Tony Parra Portales Economic Development Manager Darla Wilhoit earned certification as Floodplain Manager, which Wilhoit said is one of the factors which helps keep flood insurance rates low for Portales. The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Wilhoit said previous city inspector Doug Rapp was also a certified floodplain manager. […]

Lifelong teacher bids for award

By Tony Parra Jane Lee devoted her life to teaching and has lived in Portales since 1932. These are some of the reasons Lee was nominated as a Pioneer of the Year award recipients, which will be given out on Friday at the Pioneer reception at the Memorial Building. Lee moved to Portales in 1932 […]

Portales greets rainy weather

By Mike Linn A cluster of thunderstorms swept through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, dumping more rain in a few hours than had fallen in at least a month in some places. Clovis received about a half an inch of rain and Portales received about .40 of an inch, according to unofficial reports. Before Wednesday’s […]

Rams regroup to defeat Taos

Kevin Wilson With more than a dozen games to play in a three-day period, there wouldn’t seem to be a lot of time for the Portales Rams to have a practice. However, that’s just what they did, and in the process they turned a small losing streak into a big winning streak. After starting 0-2 […]

Teacher questions dismissal

By Tony Parra Portales school board members met Tuesday to discuss the budget and bid concerns, but those issues took a back seat to discussion of the termination of a long-time Portales school teacher. Kay Jilek, a teacher with Portales schools for 25 years, told the school board Monday she was given no reason for […]

Knox a lifer for Portales

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of profiles on nominees for the Pioneer of the Year award. Harold Knox graduated from Portales High School in 1933 and experienced just about all Portales has to offer since his birth in 1915. He experienced a surprise when he found out he […]

Administrator sees problems ahead

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent The administrator of a Clovis senior care center says a decision to relicense the facility by the state’s health department will create serious staffing and housing-cost issues. Mary Weigl, who oversees the Senior Citizen Resident Center, said the health department will no longer license the center as an independent living […]

June 16 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays June 19th-25th Sunni Dixon, Emmy Eoff, Belle Hale, Joeal Nuckoles, Travis Holmes, Christopher Galvan, C. L. Roach, Andrea Good, Calvin Robson and Dollie Self. Coming Up Just a reminder this coming weekend will be the school reunion and Ruth and Joe Claude Moore’s wedding anniversary party. Alert The police chief has […]

June 16 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The wheat is being harvested pretty fast these past few days. Sure hope it turns out a good report, considering how little rain we got in the area it is a miracle it is even worth combining. Texans Visit Two of Ivy Hays’ nephews are here from Atlanta, Texas visiting fro a […]

June 16 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions There are no birthdays or anniversaries this week. That’s unlikely. Please call or email me if you would like to have these special dates in your family in the Floyd News. Upcoming Events • 4-H will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Back Porch Pickers If anyone is […]

War is different these days

By Ray Sullivan For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of how war is fought today. We saw how breathtakingly complex it is and will be. And we were reminded of how deadly simple it always has been: Kill first, kill often and you win. Our visit […]

June 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I’m sorry to say it’s still dry, dry, dry. There’s no forecast for any amount of measurable amount of rain. So I urge we all continue to pray for rain in abundance. School Update There is a new principal for the upcoming school year. He is Steve Barron, an Elida School graduate […]